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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: AFSC conducts programs of service, community development, advocacy for justice and peace education worldwide.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

They aren't making Quakers like they used to. When you donate to the American friends Service Committee, you help finance things like this: (Yes, they finance boycotts against the only democracy in the Middle East) This isn't "peace" activism. This is economic warfare.

Paid internship opportunity: Economic Activism Intern

Follow the money…. Investigate the prison industry and immigrant detention, prison labor and the exploitation of the families and communities of incarcerated people. Help us expose the profiteers from the Israeli occupation and from the militarization of policing.

This internship, for a full year starting January 1st, 2017, is part time (20 hours a week), out of the San Francisco office of the AFSC, paying $18 an hour.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the position include the following:

Maintain the Investigate online investment screening tool www.afsc.org/investigate, update information about companies and campaigns, manage a database of relevant sources, contacts and resources;
Conduct corporate research of the relevant industries, write short summaries about companies and sub-industries;
Create resources for activists and investors to support more initiatives targeting these corporations.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The AFSC is a Quaker social justice organization that works to transform the viability of communities faced with violence, oppression, and coercion, as well as from the results of natural disasters. Its most successful work is conducted at the community level in 24 countries around the world and throughout the United States, in partnership with local civil society organizations.

Founded in 1917 to provide an alternative, non-military way for young Quakers to serve humanity and their country in the depths of World War I, the organization remained behind to feed the emaciated populations of France and Germany, without regard to nationality. During the Depression of the 1930s, the AFSC worked to build more diverse economic opportunities for ordinary people in various parts of the United States including Appalachia. Prior to World War II, the AFSC leadership sent delegations to convince the Nazi regime in Germany to allow Jews to emigrate; and during World War II, the AFSC worked in support of interned Japanese-American citizens.

The organization is dedicated to restructuring the way in which societies define 'security' toward a broader, shared concept in which the security of all people and all nations becomes interdependent rather that narrowly based on the assumption that violent force and coercion can provide lasting security.

Fullest disclosure: I am a volunteer and Board member, and years ago (1970s) was a volunteer and on staff.

I have continued to support the AFSC since I first volunteered in 1970...not through inertia but through an increasing appreciation for the work of the organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The American Friends Service Committee is unique in working for peace and social justice both in the United States and abroad. It adheres to Quaker testimonies of equality, peace, simplicity and integrity in all of its programs as well as its management. With its focus on youth, AFSC invests in the world's future. With its emphasis on the root causes of war, it acknowledges that there is no peace without justice. With its commitment to the working with the grassroots and working with both sides of a conflict, AFSC takes a multi-level approach. The impact of this organization extends far beyond what would be expected of an agency this size.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The American Friends Service Committee works to help people directly, but also works for systemic change to create peace and justice. AFSC is brave and works on many unpopular causes to protect the marginalized (like the Japanese internees in WWII, gays and lesbians in the 70s, forgotten coal miners facing unsafe conditions), but over time the society catches up with them. They have their eye toward the long-term, sustainable change. AFSC works on a number of issues with people in the US and around the world and connects them to expand our horizons so we all can see the potential for peace.